•Croswell Opera House presents Urinetown, 8 p.m. Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21- 22 and 3 p.m. Sept. 16 and 23 at Croswell Opera House 129 East Maumee St. The play is a comedic tale of greed, corruption and love during a time when water is worth its weight in gold and admission is charged for basic human needs. Tickets: general public $25, seniors $22, and students $20; upper balcony seats are $20 general public and seniors, and $15 students. Information; 517-264-7469.
•Lenawee Humane Society offering cats and kittens, and dogs and puppies for adoption at $50 per animal. Most animals are already neutered or spayed. Information: 517-263-3463.
•St. Joseph's Festival 3 on 3 Basketball tournament, Sept. 2 at St. Joseph's Gym, 2238 Manhattan St. Entry fee for ages 12 and older is $85 per team; for ages 11 and younger, fee is $45. Entry deadline is Aug. 31. Refreshments available. Call 734-848-2827 or 734-777-1934.
•Maplewood Park community build: volunteers needed to help build new playground equipment at the park, beginning 8 a.m. Sept. 20-22. Call 734-848-9088 for details.
•Red Hat Society book club, 7 p.m. second Monday each month, Erie Branch Library, 2065 Erie Rd. Open to all readers.
•Ida Branch Library book club, 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday each month. Information: 734-269-2191.
•American Legion Riders, Ida Post 514 will host a Poker Run, 10 a.m. registration starts, 11 a.m. first bike out and 3 p.m. last bike in, Sept. 9, 11601 Lewis Ave. Cost: $15 for rider and $10 for a passenger. Information: 419-346-9532.
•Looking for crafters and merchants for upcoming Christmas in the Country Craft Show on Nov. 10. For information about table rental, phone 734-777-6452 or 734-848-8438.
•Child Advocacy Network golf outing, Aug. 31 at Giant Oak Golf Course at 1024 Valetta Dr., Temperance. Check-in begins 8:30 a.m. at the course and tee-off is 10 a.m. Shotgun start, four-person scramble format. Cost: $90 per person for 18 holes of golf, cart, steak dinner, beverages, door prizes. Dinner $20 per person. Reservations required: 734-850-6040.
•Dusty Fiddles perform Songs of the Civil War: Music Born on the Battlefield and in the Hearts at Home, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6, Ellis Reference Center, South Custer Road.
•Popcorn, Music, and Soda, (PMS) 7-9 p.m. Sept. 7, Oct. 5, and Nov. 2 at Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library, Nadeau Road. Take your own soda.
•Fall Festival of Quilts, Invitation to Participate, Sept. 9 to 29, Ellis Reference and Information Center, 3700 South Custer Rd. Open to all Monroe County adults and youth. Applications available at all branch libraries. Quilt entries will be accepted from Sept. 5 until 5 p.m. Sept. 8. Awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Reception until 3 p.m. For details, call 734-241-5277 or 800-462-2050.
•Beginning Italian classes, 2-4 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 6 through Oct. 25 at the Monroe Center, 5275 South Dixie Hwy. Textbook required, $20. Cost is $69 for classes, class free for seniors ages 60 and older. Information: 734-241-0404.
•Monroe Camera Club meets the first and third Thursday of the month, 4010 North Custer Rd. Information: 734-243-3346.
•Pond workshop, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at 2223 Fix Rd. Question and answer forum on pond construction, general construction, maintenance, aquatic plant establishment, fish stocking, weed control, and wildlife. Presentation on rain gardens, what they are, why they are important, how to install and maintain them. $5 charge to attend or $10 for attendance and printed material. Workshop held outside, rain or shine, dress accordingly. Deadline to register is Sept. 4. Call 734-241-7755.
•Game Night for ages 10 to adult, 5:30-8 p.m. the second Friday each month, Bedford Branch Library, Jackman Road. Take your handheld, board or card games or other activities.
•Historical Society of Bedford, 30th birthday potluck,
6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Banner Oak School, Sterns and Crabb roads.Take a salad or vegetable dish to share. Program on antique dolls by Caroline Newman. Information: 734-847-0922.
•Blood drive, 12-6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church gym, 8330 Lewis Ave. For an appointment call 734-206-1898. Walk-ins welcome, sponsored by the Family Medical Center and the Knights of Columbus.
t Sylvania Arts Festival,
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd. More than 300 juried arts and crafts from across the country. Best-of-show awards given in fine arts and crafts.
t Fossil Fest 2007 at Sylvania Historical Village, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at 5717 North Main St. Look through truckloads of fossil-laden shale; geologists on hand to help identify fossils. Dino egg hunt for ages 5 and under; dino run at 12:15 p.m. for ages 6-10; demonstrations and exhibits by rock and mineral clubs. Free admission. Information: 419-882-4865.
t Dieting and body image seminar for teens, 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St. Dieting and dieting disorders, dealing with body image in today's culture. Register by Sept. 4.
t German Family Dinner, 5 p.m. Sept. 14, at Joseph Diehn Post 468 American Legion, 5580 Centennial Rd. Entrees prepared by Erich Schiehlen, master meat cutter and sausage maker. Donation, $7. Open to the public.
t Sylvania Farmers Market, Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. in the former Marino's Market Parking Lot on Main Street, adjacent to the Sylvania Historical Village, now through Oct. 11. Call Laura Glover, Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, 419-882-2135.
t Sylvania Schools classes for adults, free GED prep and official practice tests available at 7035 Madison, Holland, and at 6850 Monroe St. Free English for speakers of other languages, adults, 6850 Monroe St., Room 208. Call 419-824-8539 for more information.
t Friendship Park Senior Center fall craft show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the center, 2930 131st St. Baked goods, crafts, household items on sale. Sloppy joe lunch available. Craft vendors may rent tables at $10 or $15. Call 419-936-3079.
t Towne Club luncheon and program, Sept. 6 at the Brandywine Country Club, 6904 Salisbury Rd., Maumee. Cards at 10 a.m., social hour at 11:30 a.m., luncheon at noon and speaker at 1:15 p.m. Paula Lewis, director of Beach House Family Shelter, will be the speaker. Reservations and $16 check payable to Towne Club must be received in advance; send to D. Brown, 7703 Greenville Crossing, Waterville, OH 43566.
t Women's Connection West brunch, Sept. 14 at Sylvania Country Club, 5201 Corey Rd. Juice and coffee at 9:15 a.m. followed by brunch, style show, and speaker. Reservations and complimentary nursery, 419-472-8749, by Sept. 11. Cost, $12. Cancellations necessary. Next brunch, Nov. 9.
t Tea in the Solarium at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Manor House, noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at 5300 West Central Ave. Your choice of sandwiches and homemade desserts, $6. Additional items 60 cents each. Some prepaid reservations available, but not required, by calling 419-825-1793.
t Tea at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m., Oct. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 6 and 13 at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the center, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Adults $10, children $3. Members, $7. Reservations required. For information on the tea programs, call 419-352-0967 or visit www.woodcountyhistory.org.
t Tea Party in the Garden, 1 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Lamb Garden at the Wolcott House Museum complex, 1035 River Rd., Maumee. Reservations required, $15. Call 419-893-9602. Antique appraisal, 4-6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Box Schoolhouse at the complex. Fee of $15 for the first item, $10 each additional item. Reservations are not required.
t Tea with Belle and Friends, Sept. 23 at the Monclova Community Center, sponsored by the Waterville Playshop. Seating from noon to 2 p.m. or from 2-4 p.m. Have cookies, punch, and tea with Belle and other cast members from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which will be produced by the Waterville Playshop at 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 5, 6, and 7, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Anthony Wayne High School, reserved seating only. Cost for the tea is $5 for adults and children. Call 419-470-2730 for tea reservations or visit www.watervilleplayshop.org.
t Noon Tunes, Toledo Botanical Garden at Elmer Drive, Aug. 31, featuring Kerry Clark. Free noon concert.
t Fall Pancake Breakfast, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Metroparks Hall, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 8, West Central Avenue. Pancakes, sausage links, orange juice, coffee, and hot chocolate will be available. Cost is $4.95 for adults, and $2.50 for children under age 12. Indoor seating is available. The breakfast is sponsored by Volunteers in Parks with proceeds used for Metroparks projects.
t Bird Study for Adults: Warblers, Swan Creek Preserve Metropark, Yager Center, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 8. Sort out the fall warblers that are once again passing through the area. Take binoculars and bird guides, and dress for the weather. Autumn Adventure: Wake Up With The Birds, Side Cut Metropark, Riverview Area, 8-9 a.m. Sept. 8. Morning walk along the Maumee. See how many different birds you can identify along the hike. For more information, call: 419-407-9700.
t Kitty Todd Prairie Seed Collection, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 and 29 at Kitty Todd Preserve, Swanton. Volunteers help collect ripe seeds for late fall planting; advance registration required. Call 614-717-2770, ext. 42 to volunteer and receive details.
t Making Memories: Home Run, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, lower level, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Sept. 12. Educational, after-school program about baseball history. Hear "Casey at the Bat," have a baseball treat, learn a song, and make pennants. Register for the Making Memories series, September to May, for $24, or for an individual program, $3. Parent participation required. Members receive discounts. For more information, call: 419-277-0107.
t Side Cut Explorer tram rides along the Maumee River, every Tuesday 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, now through October, at Side Cut Metropark, riverview parking lot. Board the 12-passenger, wheel-chair accessible tram for a ride along the river and canal towpath. Free. Groups can schedule separate times for a nominal fee. Information: 419-407-9700.
t VFW Post 606 auxiliary will meet 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at the post, 3005 Laskey Rd. Inspection by Tina Grigsby, District 1 president. Light lunch served.
t Lucas County Council ladies auxiliary, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Post 2898 at 3925 Alexis Rd.
t Topics Camera Club, 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and the first Wednesday each month at Perrysburg Way Library, 101 Indiana Ave. Program on architecture. Programs include color slides or color prints from film or digital. Open to the public.
t New Parent series: Infant Massage, 11 a.m. Sept. 9 for parents and babies ages 3 weeks to crawling; Baby and Me Yoga, Sept. 22; Baby Signs, Oct. 13 with the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center, and Read to Me, Oct. 27. Free, but registration required 2-3 weeks in advance. Classes held in the Children's Room, second floor of Main Library, 325 Michigan St., downtown Toledo. Call 419-259-5231.
t French classes, beginning Sept. 10 at the Alliance Francaise de Toledo studio at Common Space, 1700 North Reynolds Rd., Suite 102. Basic, intermediate, advanced. Open house at the studio from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. Adult classes in the evenings, children's classes on Saturdays. For more information, visit www.aftoledo.com or phone 419-537-9024.
t Toledo Zoo classes for volunteer educators, EdZOOcators, will begin Sept. 19 for week-day sessions and Sept. 29 for weekend classes. Training consists of orientation plus seven classes. Volunteers handle small live animals and animal biofacts and provide educational programs on and off the zoo grounds. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Call Bill Davis, 419-385-5721 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
t Free GED preparation and official practice tests through Sylvania Schools, 1-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7035 Madison St., Holland, and 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 6850 Monroe St., Sylvania, room 210. For more information, phone 419-824-8539 or 419-867-5763.
t The Star Gazer, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31, and Native American Skylore, 8:30 p.m. Fridays from Sept. 7-28 at the Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory, University of Toledo, Bancroft Street campus. Adults $5, senior citizens and children $4. Free viewing of the skies after all evening programs, at the Brooks Observatory, weather permitting. Observing at the Ritter 1-meter telescope available the night of Sept. 7. Information hotline: 419-530-4037.
t Kaffestunde, German coffee hour, 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays during the school semester, University of Toledo Student Union 2562, Bancroft Street campus. Anyone speaking German is welcome. For more information, call: 419-530-5506.
t Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, book discussion at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11, Reynolds Corners Branch Library, Dorr Street.
t Book Club Basics: How to Run a Successful Book Club and Have Fun, 2 p.m. Sept. 15, Sanger Branch Library, 3030 West Central Ave. Explore Web sites and find ways to start and moderate a book club plus how to enhance discussions. Refreshments provided. Reservations are required: 419-259-5295.